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Growing New Activists

A New Jersey native now living off the grid in a Hawaiian rainforest. A chemical engineer turned actor turned forest activist. A retired food inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture fighting animal-factory pollution.

These are a few of the people doing the Sierra Club's work, some whom we've profiled in recent Planets. (See Who We Are.)

With President Bush attempting to weaken the Roadless Area Conservation Rule for national forests, rejecting the Kyoto global warming treaty and pushing a "dig, drill and destroy" energy plan, we need active citizens like these more than ever.

That's what The Planet is here for - to tell the Sierra Club story and to inspire and empower activists to fight for environmental protection.

Our goal, every month, is to give activists the information they need to make a difference, to take action, like writing the Forest Service to support the roadless rule Bush wants to dismantle. But while the Club's membership has jumped to 700,000, the number of members who've signed up as activists has remained flat. We know there are Club members who would benefit from receiving The Planet, but they might not know about it or how to subscribe. We need your help to change that.

Ten times a year, we mail The Planet to approximately 15,000 members of our activist network as well as 5,000 Club leaders (chapter chairs, conservation committee members and such). Three times a year, another 21,000 Wilderness Guardians (donors) and 19,000 Life Members receive it.

Joining the activist network is free to any Club member who signs up to take action to protect the environment. Just call Member Services at (415) 977-5653, write us at The Planet, 85 Second St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, or send an e-mail to activist.desk@sierraclub.org. Please include a membership number. That makes everything easier.

We're also happy to send extra copies to activists for use at tabling events, outings, community meetings. It's a good way to show potential members/activists the exciting work the Club is engaged in. Contact us if you want bulk copies.

Every individual activist can make a difference. But quantity is important as well. The Forest Service counts the cards and letters it receives. So does the White House. Let's keep their mailboxes full.

- John Byrne Barry


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